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Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

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Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

Christopher J. Bonanti
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
December 23, 2013

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 246 (Monday, December 23, 2013)]
[Page 77554]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-30370]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements; Agency 
Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. 
Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information 
Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR 
describes the nature of the information collections and their expected 
burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was 
published on February 27, 2012 (77 FR 11626). No comments were received 
on this matter.
    This document describes the collection of information for which 
NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval. The collection of information 
described is the ``Consolidated Child Restraint System Registration, 
Labeling and Defect Notification.'' (OMB Control Number: 2127-0576)

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before January 22, 2014.

Department of Transportation, NHTSA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West 
Building Room W43-447, NVS-113, Washington, DC 20590. Mrs. Cristina 
Echemendia's telephone number is (202) 366-6345 and fax number is (202) 


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Title: Consolidated Child Restraint System Registration, Labeling 
and Defect Notifications.
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0576.
    Type of Request: Label revision of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: A final rule published on February 27, 2012 (77 FR 11626) 
amended the Federal motor vehicle safety standard for child restraint 
systems (CRSs) to expand its applicability to child restraints sold for 
children weighing up to 80 pounds (lb). The final rule also added a 
sentence to the printed instructions and labeling of certain CRSs 
(those that have internal harnesses, and that are recommended for older 
children). Currently, child restraint manufacturers are required to 
provide printed instructions with step by-step information on how the 
restraint is to be used. Without proper use, the effectiveness of these 
systems is greatly diminished. Each CRS must also have a permanent 
label.\1\ A permanently attached label gives ``quicklook'' information 
on whether the restraint meets the safety requirements, recommended 
installation and use, and warnings against misuse. The requested 
revision is to add a sentence to the existing instructions brochure and 
labeling that will inform the consumer that the lower anchors of a 
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system may only be used 
for children weighing ``x'' lb or less, where the ``x'' value depends 
on the weight of the CRS. The purpose of this label is to reduce 
consumer confusion about using LATCH, and to assure that the lower 
anchors will be able to withstand the forces generated by the child and 
CRS in virtually all crashes.

    \1\ FMVSS No. 213 also requires child restraint manufacturers to 
provide owner-registration cards and to keep records relating to 
owner registration information, so that owners can be notified about 
noncompliance or defect recall campaigns. These owner registration 
requirements are not affected by the final rule (77 FR 11626).

    Under the final rule, CRSs equipped with internal harnesses to 
restrain the child and with components to attach to a child restraint 
anchorage system, will be required to be labeled with a child weight 
limit for using the lower anchors to attach the child restraint to the 
vehicle. The child weight limit depends on the weight of the CRS. NHTSA 
anticipates a change to the hour burden or costs associated with the 
revised child restraint labels and written instructions. Child 
restraint manufacturers produce, on average, a total of approximately 
4,500,000 child restraints per year. The label would apply to 
approximately 50 percent of the total annual production (2,250,000 
units). The hour burden associated with the revised label consist of 
the child restraint manufacturer: (1) Determining the maximum allowable 
child weight when using the lower LATCH anchor attachments as a means 
of installation and (2) adding this information on an existing label 
and instruction manual. We estimate 2 seconds of additional burden per 
child restraint for the determination of the maximum allowable weight 
and the addition of the information on the existing label and 
instruction manual (2 sec x 2,250,000 units = 4,500,000 seconds = 1,250 
    Affected Public: Businesses, Individuals and Households.
    Estimated Additional Annual Burden: 1,250 hours.

ADDRESSES: Send comments, within 30 days, to the Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th 
Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention NHTSA Desk Officer.
    Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; the accuracy of the Departments estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including 
the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology. A Comment to OMB is most effective if OMB 
receives it within 30 days of publication.

Christopher J. Bonanti,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2013-30370 Filed 12-20-13; 8:45 am]

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